The London 2012 Olympics will take place this summer between July 27 and August 12, with the Paralympics running from 29 August to 9 September. This will be the first time since 1948 that the Olympic Games have been hosted in the UK, and only the third time ever.
The Torch Relay route
Where to park
Local businesses are kindly allowing people going to the Torch Relay to park in their car parks.
Village Hall and on side roads
Royal Exchange, Hartpury (designated for disabled parking)
Staunton and Corse
Staunton Garden Centre
The field to the rear of the Swan Public House, Staunton
Where to watch
The relay will be carried by a torchbearer in the following places:
Hartpury - along the A417 between Danford Lane and Fullers Lane turnings.
Staunton/Corse - along the A417 between the Corse and Staunton 40mph sign to Ledbury Road Crescent.
Outside the Royal Exchange, Hartpury and The Prince of Wales Public House, Corse, has been designated as a location for disabled people to watch the Torch Relay safely.
Outside of these areas the torch will be in convoy mode so will be travelling in a vehicle.
- If you can, find a place to watch in the shade especially between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its hottest. Cover up with a wide brimmed hat, sun glasses and a t-shirt.
- Take extra care of babies, children and teenagers. Young skin is more easily damaged. Keep babies in complete shade and provide shade for prams and buggies, if possible.
- Use a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 – the higher the better- and apply it generously and regularly.
- Most importantly, don’t burn. Sunburn is a sign that your skin has been damaged.
- Remember to stay hydrated in hot weather. Drink cold drinks, like water or fruit juice regularly. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
- The young and old are especially vulnerable to the affects of very hot weather. Symptoms of heat stroke can include headaches, dizziness, pale skin and vomiting. If you suspect someone may be experiencing symptoms, the advice is to move them to somewhere cool, loosen clothes and use a damp sheet or cloth to cool them down. If symptoms persist, seek medical advice.
- If you’re planning to have a drink with friends and family to celebrate the torch relay, remember to drink responsibly. Drinking too much, too fast, and drinking to get drunk can put a serious strain on your body, and put your health and personal safety at risk.